Monday, 08/20/2012, 10:32 am

Editorial | MMA Styles: Edition

In the world of Mixed Martial Arts there are enough different disciplines to make for interesting fights. Machida’s karate, Mir’s jiu jitsu, and Jon Jones’s super humman powers are prime examples. Though impressive as those skill sets are alone, it’s usually not the disciplines that garner a win for a fighter, but rather the way they use them in conjunction with other styles.

For example, Chuck Liddell is famous for his knockout power and his takedown defense. This combo allowed him to stay on his feet where he was the strongest and turn the lights out for his opponents. This tactic was known as “Sprawl and Brawl”. There are others who utilize it, but Chuck is possibly the most well known. There are other labels for fighting styles and takes a look at some of the more prominent on the list.

The Lay and Pray

Mark Coleman, Mark Kerr, Tito Ortiz, Ricardo Arona to some extent, and guys like Dan Severn may come to mind. They utilized their superior ground games to gain dominant positions on the ground and hold their opponents there. In some cases this meant fifteen minutes of laying on them and stalling it out until time expired and they were awarded the decision. Many times people would find themselves watching a fighter sitting in another fighter’s guard for the extent of the bout so this tactic was given other names like Dump and Hump, Wrestle-humping, or The Human Blanket.

The Stall and Brawl

The word “brawl” in the title is misleading. This tactic consists of keeping your opponent at arm’s length and scoring just enough points with strikes to win. It is responsible for some of the most boring fights in mixed martial arts history. A prime example of this atrocious path to victory is Arlovski vs. Sylvia 3 at UFC 61. Both fought not to lose, and it made for one of the most painful bouts to watch in the modern MMA era. It is also known as Jab and Pray, Timmy Tapping for its master Tim Sylvia, and Stick and Stall.

The Canadian Sprint

Do enough damage in the round and then run away or simply refuse to engage. The reason it’s called the Canadian sprint specifically are the performances from Canadians David Loiseau at UFC 58 and Mark Hominick at UFC Fight Night 5. Loiseau spent the better half of the fight doing his best not to engage Rich Franklin, and Hominick did the same against Jorge Gurgel. This technique was later perfected by Kalib Starnes who embarrassingly and unashamedly ran from Nate Quarry for almost the entire fight. This is also known as The Jackson Action thanks to recent performances from Clay Guida against Gray Maynard, and Carlos Condit against Nick Diaz.

The Fence Defense

This is a technique that sees one fighter hold another fighter against the cage. They do just enough work so they are not separated by the referee and eek out a decision. If you would like to see this in all of its glory please watch, and by please watch I mean do not ever watch Tim Sylvia hold Brandon Vera against the fence at UFC 77. It was terrible and despite Vera’s valiant attempts to engage – Sylvia managed to put half of the audience to sleep. This is also known as The Press and Rest, The Clinch of Doom, and The Push and Smoosh.

Last, but not least let’s take a look at the worst style of fighting in UFC history.

The Dance

This is in reference to the most embarrassing and frustrating fight of all time. Ken Shamrock faced Dan Severn at UFC 9 and for almost thirty minutes there was no contact. None. Zero. It was baffling even with Shamrock’s explanation of being ready to “fight for his life for thirty minutes” and that he was waiting for Severn “to come at him”. It remains the worst fight of all time because truthfully there was no fighting. Severn won the fight by split decision after a brief exchange, a few headbutts, and some at the time illegal closed hand strikes were thrown. This fight was called The Detroit Dance and is now infamous for the level of suck it achieved.


11 Responses to “Editorial | MMA Styles: Edition”

  1. wtf says:

    I have never heard of the last 4 of those and I have been watching UFC/MMA since I was 17 years old. I am 31 now. How did I miss them?

  2. Q says:

    Wall and stall is what they were goin for on the fourth

  3. PEEJAY says:

    unfortunately, far too many fighters use the stall and brawl these days.

  4. ewqeqwrqw says:

    most of those i agree with accept carlos condit vs nick diaz was not a great example.

    • FunkyMonkey says:

      I don’t understand the criticism Condit got for the Diaz fight. Sure it wasn’t his most exciting fight but u can’t stand in front of the Diaz boys or you’ll get picked apart. Condit put a good gameplan together and executed it.

  5. Mwill says:

    Hey Sean McClure! No one cares what your opinions are of the fighters anyway. Dan Severn is a pioneer in the sport and I personally have trained with him many, many times so unless you know how it feels to have Dan on top of you, then shut the hell up and write something you know about like throwing a tea party or other stupid shit like that!!!

  6. 420Eh! says:

    The Canadian Sprint? Dumb. Few examples given and no ones ever heard of this. You obviously made them up yourself. Good job, to bad no one gives a sh!t. I personally only remember good fights, fights that live forever. Mark Hominick’s heart against Aldo, Gsp’s beat down of BJ til BJ quit between rounds, Sam Stouts 5 UFC Fight of the Night bonuses, Rory MacDonald’s performance against Nate Diaz in front of 55,000 fans. Not to mention his future destruction of BJ later this year. What will you call that? (Flying Hawaiian) See sounds dumb. My point is everyone one, every nation’s fighters have bad performances, including your boss BJ. So don’t insult a nation by coming up with a generalization of all it’s fighters. Isn’t that fighter bashing? P.S. I love BJ Penn as well as any fighter that is willing to throw down for our entertainment.

  7. jacob says:

    He forgot all the interesting styles, like the combination of flashy flying moves with insane submission offense on their backs that a lot of Brazilians are known for.

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